Newlands kicked out of North Riding Cup

Newlands celebrate winning the title last season

Newlands celebrate winning the title last season

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Scarborough News Saturday League Division One champions Newlands have been booted out of the North Riding County FA Saturday Challenge Cup.

Park were due to face Stokesley on Saturday but manager Shaun Mancrief was concerned about the safety of his players making the drive north in treacherous conditions.

As Park secretary Hugh Brown explains, the club decided to withdraw from the fixture on Saturday lunchtime, leaving the North Riding FA to kick them out of the competition.

Brown said: “With the high winds and weather warnings in place for the area, and with a lot of games being called off across the region, we decided not to travel and informed Stokesley of that decision.

“We really feel common sense should prevail here and the safety of players should come first. Yes, the pitch might have been playable, but it could’ve been dangerous to travel up there and we have to put the safety of our players first.

“Our manager Shaun Mancrief emailed an explanation to the North Riding, but they’ve decided to kick us out of the competition.”